I've posted about this before but have not found a solution. I have an 8 month old and work full time. She needs 2 6oz bottles a day while she is at daycare. I used to be able to pump 12+ oz per day but now only pumping 5 - 6 oz per day. I pump at least 5 times a day, more if my schedule allows it. I have gradually decreased the amount I am able to pump without changing anything. I use a pump in style advanced. I have also tried a playtex embrace. I want to continue to leave only breastmilk (no formula) for her to have while I am away, but I am afraid that I am not going to be able to pump enough for her to continue on only breastmilk. She does eat solids and she is having solids at daycare. I can pump enough for her over the weekend to have 2 bottles on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday, the milk I pumped over the weekend is gone and I only have enough milk for 1 bottle each day. On the days she doesn't have enough milk for a second bottle, she gets an extra meal of solids instead.
I am concerned because she is small and most of her nutrients are supposed to be from milk, not solids. She nurses 3 times per day during the week, however her afternoon feeding is not a very successful one. She has better things to do than nurse. I pump twice while I am at work and I pump every time she nurses. I even try to squeeze in a pumping session between her two evening nursing sessions.
Thank you for any suggestions!
Mommy to Emma Faith 9/22/05